Julia Chase-Brand

A Leading Pioneer in Women's Running

In 1961, Julia Chase challenged the AAU ban on women's distance running and forced the acceptance of the first cross-country meets. After retiring from running in 1965, she got her BA at Smith College and a PhD in Physiology from Indiana University and spent the next quarter century as a tenured professor at Barnard College (Columbia University) studying bats and gorillas. At age 49, she entered medical school, became a psychiatrist and had the distinction of having her grandsons present for the graduation.